Surrounded by bricks that date to the 1880s and beer paraphernalia that runs the gamut of the last six decades, drinking a beer in the Bier Baron Tavern evokes a feeling of connection to the past. In Europe this might be history of empires and conquests, of monastic practices and pagan rituals. It might evoke feelings of beer halls, beer gardens, and yes, women in dirndls. But on this side of the pond, we have a great beer history as well. This connection is to the smoky speakeasies, dolled-up ladies, and the illicit drink. Recently, it seems, the walls at the Baron have gotten a voice.
The Bumper Jacksons and the Sligo Creek Stompers have recently graced our ungraceful bar with their outstanding repertoire of 1920s jazz, pre-war country and traditional Americana music. The sultry voice of Jess Myhre might as well be seeping out of the boarded up window of a bayou saloon. Chris Ousley completes the sound with various string instruments and a vocal talent reminiscent of a moonshiner camp in the Eastern hills (sorry I’m from Colorado… everything east of the Mississippi is hills). Tapping your foot, drinking a beer, maybe even carving your name into a table, the connection with beers past plays out in some of the best live music in town.
Think upright bass, slide guitar, fiddle, washboard—maybe even a lil’ voice trumpet— to bring you back to the times of ‘coppers and crooks’, a time when beer was a serious commodity.
Come check out these bands over the next couple months and please check out their website for other shows- they’re not to be missed.